rep·​li·​ca | \ ˈre-pli-kə How to pronounce replica (audio) \

Definition of replica

1 : an exact reproduction (as of a painting) executed by the original artist a replica of this was painted … this year— Constance Strachey
2 : a copy exact in all details DNA makes a replica of itself sailed a replica of the Viking ship broadly : copy this faithful, pathetic replica of a Midwestern suburb — G. F. Kennan

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reproduction, duplicate, copy, facsimile, replica mean a thing made to closely resemble another. reproduction implies an exact or close imitation of an existing thing. reproductions from the museum's furniture collection duplicate implies a double or counterpart exactly corresponding to another thing. a duplicate of a house key copy applies especially to one of a number of things reproduced mechanically. printed 1000 copies of the lithograph facsimile suggests a close reproduction often of graphic matter that may differ in scale. a facsimile of a rare book replica implies the exact reproduction of a particular item in all details a replica of the Mayflower but not always in the same scale. miniature replicas of classic cars

Examples of replica in a Sentence

We toured a replica of the ship. It's an authentic replica of an ancient Greek urn.
Recent Examples on the Web That space, upstairs from the new couture store, was a replica of Cristóbal Balenciaga’s all-white salon — a tribute to the house’s past. New York Times, 13 July 2022 Cincinnati's statue is a replica of an ancient version in a Roman museum. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 17 June 2022 The jersey design is a replica of the Uvalde High Coyotes, paying tribute to the community that lost 19 children and two teachers in a shooting May 24 at Robb Elementary School. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, 13 June 2022 Notably, the 1958 356 driven by Kelly McGillis’s Charlie in the first Top Gun was a replica, while the coupé driven by Connelly’s character is a number’s matching original, as is the 1973 911 E used as its backup. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 2 June 2022 But the little Speedster was actually a replica of the real thing, which is now worth more than $200,000 when in the best condition. Fortune, 28 May 2022 There is a replica of the Cup, with corrections, in the Hall of Fame. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 The guard then realized that the gun was a replica with a folding knife in a retracted position, according to the document. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2022 The current Russian army is a replica of Joseph Stalin’s Red Army, designed to saturate minefields with bodies. Yulia Latynina, WSJ, 1 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of replica

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for replica

Italian, repetition, from replicare to repeat, from Late Latin, from Latin, to fold back — more at reply

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“Replica.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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rep·​li·​ca | \ ˈre-pli-kə How to pronounce replica (audio) \

Kids Definition of replica

: a very exact copy

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